The Best Thanksgiving Movie

What are the best Thanksgiving movies to watch this holiday weekend? That was the question I began with when writing this article. Then I realized two things: 1) there aren’t that many good Thanksgiving movies; and 2) unlike Christmas movies, no one really cares about Thanksgiving-themed movies.

If you Google “The Best Thanksgiving Movies,” you’ll see recommendations for The Ice Storm (cheerful!), Pieces of April (really?), Home for the Holidays (okay, I’ll give ’em this one), Miracle on 34th Street (well, it starts on Thanksgiving…) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (as an adult, are you going to watch this one?), among others.

But there’s really one only Thanksgiving movie worth watching this Thanksgiving weekend, and that’s because it is not only the best Thanksgiving movie that was ever made and ever will be, it is one of the funniest movies of all time.


That movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Martin. Set exclusively in the days leading up to Thanksgiving as the mismatched pair attempt to make it home to Chicago for the big holiday amidst a series of travel nightmares (including John Candy himself), the John Hughes classic has more memorable scenes than I can count.

That’s all. Why are you still reading this article? You clicked, you saw, you skipped over the paragraphs above and went right to the movie poster. Stop reading and start watching.

Unfortunately, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is not on Netflix streaming.

By Erik Samdahl
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